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don1960

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655 days ago

So, trying something new on a tabletop. I have the wood all sanded, cleaned, applied Danish oil for the first time. Turned out very nice, will probably use the Danish oil again.

Now I’m putting the topcoat on. Using GF satin Gel Topcoat. Put the first coat on a piece of scrap cutoff from the finished table. According to directions, put on a generous layer, then wiped off the excess to leave just a bit of a wet look. Turned out perfect, so I figured this will be great after 3 or 4 coats on the real piece.

So, as is sometimes the case I overthought myself and when applying the first coat last night on the actual tabletop left too much on after wiping the excess off. Result was streaks (thin high spots the length of the table) on parts of it. Just too much to dry correctly, I guess. Sigh. Tonight, I sanded most of it back off trying to get the streaks out and applied the second coat. There are still a few slightly shinier ‘trails’ left that show up in the right lighting.

On to my question for anyone who has used this product and possibly made the same lame mistake I just did. Do you think those couple streaks will disappear with subsequent layers, or do I have to go all the way down to bare wood and start over? The streaks I’m talking about are the darker, shinier trails in the picture.

picture: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dtrust/8181133204/in/photostream

Thanks for looking,
don

-- -- Don from PA


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#1 posted 649 days ago

lookin at the photo, It looks to meas though you had a brush, pad or whatever was used , that had a nick or void in it and it laid down a heavier coat, I would suspect that a light scuff sand with some 600 and apply another coat would cure the problem .Maybe use another pad :)

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#2 posted 649 days ago

Yea, that’s pretty much what I ended up doing to fix it, Charles.

I tried first to just put another coat on, but it was obvious that the streaks weren’t going to go away on their own. So, sanded it back with 320 on a ROS just till the streaks disappeared, put a light coat of Danish oil on, then put on 4 more coats of Gel Topcoat the correct way. Final result was very nice. Just enough, I think, to protect the wood, but not much of a finish built up. I guess time will tell how well it holds up over the years.

-- -- Don from PA

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#3 posted 648 days ago

Final result. There’s a closeup on the page that shows the woodgrain better.

http://dtrust.smugmug.com/Woodworking/Kitchen-Counter/26622730_G64p2Q#!i=2225999579&k=PwkVHxj

-- -- Don from PA

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#4 posted 648 days ago

looks good , the Gel finish is really nice, it hold up well

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#5 posted 648 days ago

Thanks, Charles.

It’s been about 4 or 5 days since the last coat of Gel. Seems completely cured to the touch. Do you know if that’s enough time before I apply a coat of paste wax? I’ve rushed that kind of thing in the past with other poly finishes and gotten streaks.

-- -- Don from PA

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